Jason Hammel heads into his third season as the Saint Michael's men's tennis head coach in 2019-20 after joining the program on March 19, 2018.
The Purple Knights played a school-record 21 matches in 2018-19, finishing with their highest win total since 2011-12, and matching their most since 2008-09. One of their triumphs was a 6-1 victory over Little East Conference power University of Massachusetts at Boston, which later qualified for its second NCAA Division III Tournament in three years. The Purple and Gold's 49 singles victories and 25 doubles triumphs were their most since 2007-08. Two student-athletes put together historic seasons, with Ivan Llona '22 setting a school record with 12 singles victories and Matt Mosher '20 netting the most doubles victories (10) by a Purple Knight in 11 years.
Hammel took over the Purple Knights for the final five matches of the 2017-18 season while utilizing a seven-man roster, and earning his initial career victory at Emerson College on April 8.
A long-time tennis pro with the Longfellow Tennis Club in Wayland, Mass., where he was director of the high-performance program, Hammel has cultivated some of the top talent in New England, including two-time high school state champions in each Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.
Many of Hammel's players have succeeded in United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments, winning USTA National Level 2, USTA New England Open and USTA New England Sectional crowns. More than 100 of his students have earned regional rankings, among them 20 who have achieved national rankings.
A USTA regionally-ranked junior player, Hammel played tennis at Division I University of Hartford before graduating summa cum laude with a degree in computer science from Framingham State University, where he earned an Outstanding Service Award. Hammel comes from a long line of tennis players, as two grandparents are enshrined in the USTA Intermountain Hall of Fame, his father is in the USTA New England Hall of Fame, and various family members were named 2000 USTA Family of the Year.
Hammel is a product owner for web app company Trusted Local Contractors in Burlington.